Ships hit by U-boats

Port Jackson

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NamePort Jackson
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage9,687 tons
Completed1937 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerPort Line Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-516 (Gerhard Wiebe)
Position51° 44'N, 22° 18'W - Grid AL 8728
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteLa Plata - Buenos Aires - Montevideo (9 Aug) - Liverpool 
CargoRefrigerated and general cargo 
History Completed in January 1937

In 1952 the Port Jackson had to put into Table Bay where a smoldering fire in her cargo was extinguished after eight days. 1967 sold to Embajada Cia Naveira SA (K. Stergiopulos) and renamed Legation for one final commercial voyage to the Far East, where she was sold for scrap and broken up at Kure in April 1967. Her bell was presented to the Sydney Marine Underwriters & Salvage Association. 
Notes on event

At 02.54 hours on 27 Aug 1942, U-516 missed the unescorted Port Jackson (Master George Leonard Hazlewood) with a spread of four torpedoes about 480 miles west of Cape Clear and then opened fire with the deck gun. The U-boat fired 14 rounds but had then to break off the attack due to the accurate return fire from the ship. She had been hit by two rounds that started a small fire, but managed to escape at full speed (over 16 knots) into haze and arrived safely at Liverpool on 29 August.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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